Fil-Ams applaud Obama's executive orders on fair pay

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Apr 10 2014 04:02 PM | Updated as of Apr 11 2014 12:02 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, California - President Barack Obama kept his promise to bring fair wages to women in the workplace by signing two executive orders on Tuesday.

One action protects federal workers who openly discuss how much they are making, and if they are being paid fairly.

The second order instructs the labor department to break down compensation by gender and race, making pay disparities more transparent.

Obama’s executive order won’t impact everyone since it only concerns federal contractors, but it’s all the President can do without legislative action.

Pinays in San Francisco applauded President Obama’s move. They said it’s about time women are recognized equally in the workplace.

“Women work just as hard as men and I think that what we’ve been struggling with is to try and get an equal pay,” Jessica Dionela Petalio said.

“I think what he’s doing is great. And I know it’s not just him and men but women too. And it’s a whole group of people fighting for equal pay,” Dara del Rosario said.

Even Fil-Am men support President Obama’s use of executive power on this issue.

“I think it’s a great idea. I grew up in a Filipino household. I know a lot of Filipino women, my aunts, my mom, and they are hard working women,” Dan Mariano said.

“I think it’s a step forward. It’s hard to believe in 2014 that we still have this issue,” Jordan Lagan said.

But critics said the president’s actions are a political move, since Democrats see equal pay as an issue they can win in the 2014 midterm elections.